We are happy to announce the first new product in our Recovery Rope line.
1″ KINETIC RECOVERY ROPE SPECIFICATIONS: Length: 30′ For Use on full size vehicles to about 9,500 lbs Min. Breaking Load: 33,500lbs Double Braid Nylon Construction Polymeric Coating in Olive Drab Green for Excellent Abrasion Resistance Sealed Against Stain and Water Absorbtion Eyes coated in tough 603 Polyurethane for protection UV Resistant
Here are a series of customer made videos showing the installation of our winch bumper in his FJ Cruiser along with a Smittybilt winch. He does a good job of covering things which makes this a great tool to go along with our install docs. As the Tacoma install is almost identical it’s worth watching for those applications as well.
First Video: This model of our mount is from 2014 or earlier. We have since changed a few things including going to 1″ wide shackle mounts, more drainage in the winch tub and made some slight clearance adjustments to the torque arms as noted in the video. We also now include some plates that go on over the 3 outer mounting studs for better faster surface contact, never had a problem but we thought it was a good idea. The torque arms are installed and welded with jigs but can flex left to right even though they are .250″ thick as that is not their intended purpose but rather to arrest the torque forces created by winch usage in a front to back and vertical planes, so flexing them for a perfect fit is perfectly ok.
As noted in the install docs, the AC lines will vary from vehicle to vehicle in their alignment, some need to be moved as noted, some do not, our V notch in the rear usually gives plenty of clearance in 2007-2009 models but in 2010 Toyota made some changes and will usually require moving the AC line back as noted in the video. Using fuel line is also noted in the docs and was used here as well, makes for a good long term insurance policy against abrasion that I have verified on my own FJ and others over a period of 7+ years. Every winch solenoid box is different and routing the 2 to 4 gauge wires are therefore all different but zip tying them to the bracing, as done in this video, always works well and is highly recommended.
Cutting the plastic is typically a very simple task but the rusted fasteners made your job a bit tougher, you he was smart to leave some plastic to trim to fit as noted in the docs.
We offer powder coating as an option for our Winch Mount Bumpers and FJ Camera Armor. While many will still opt to paint or coat their own bumpers (this article discusses more), many of you prefer to receive your bumper or cam armor coated and ready to install.
We have created some custom formulations to match the factory colors using quality Tiger Drylac powder. The finish is a 20% matte with a slight texture and is available in black or silver. Be aware that powder coat will still show some marks from the bending process and any welding beads or heat deformities.
While we try to keep coated product in stock, please expect a 4-7 working day delay in shipping if you purchase powder coat. Custom colors are available, please contact us to quote you accordingly.
Please understand that even though we go to great lengths to package and protect the powder coat we are not be liable for any shipping damage to the coating itself. Luckily it rarely happens.
See the high resolution photos below to get a better idea of texture and sheen.
The production prototype of our 2005-2011 Tacoma redesign rolled out today. Here’s a few quick and dirty photos for a sneak peak. Will do a last test fit sometime in the next week or so then production in late June. Should price out in the $499-525 range like our other bumpers.
Very similar to our 2012-2015 Taco bumper but about 3/4″ deeper and of course has our new 1″ wide shackle mounts.
We are absolutely elated to once again be a sponsor for the 8th Annual FJ Northeaster’s Run taking place this weekend, May 14th-17th at Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Tremont, Pennsylvania! The NE Run is a gathering of hundreds of Toyota off road enthusiasts from all over the north east and is a must do if you are in the area. If you haven’t registered then venture over to their website and do so now.
If you are going to the Lone Star Toyota Jamboree please make sure to visit us there. This is our 4th year as a sponsor for one of the finest Toyota events in the nation!
On that note, we will be gone April 29th through May 3rd. Any orders placed after April 28th at 12:00 PM will not ship until after May 4th. To ensure your order ships before then please place your order as soon as possible.
Tired of seeing about 60% field of view (FOV) out of your FJ’s backup camera? Don’t like your stock tire cover but don’t want to see the ugly camera housing exposed when you remove it?
We were too so we came up with Camera Armor. Not only does Camera Armor look better and provide a 100% FOV out of your backup camera but it also has a hidden bracket mounting system so you can mount a GoPro, antenna or light in the protective area of your spare!
As with our winch mount bumpers, we provide this to you in bare .125″ thick steel. You can paint, powder coat or whatever makes you happy. The aluminum end cap is anodized clear to protect the aluminum from the weather and keep it looking good. Hardware mounts flush and is stainless steel.
Installation is simple, pull off your spare wheel/tire, slide the camera armor over the studs and reinstall your wheel. Done. You can then leave it with the filler bracket or swap out brackets without removing the wheel again.
When you purchase Camera Armor you will receive:
Camera Armor body
Aluminum end cap/bracket mount
Filler bracket (does not protrude from under the cap but fills the slots so it doesn’t collect dirt/water)
Extended bracket with no accessory holes drilled. (you can bend, drill and cut to your heart’s desire)
2 x stainless steel flat allen head screws (1/4″ x 20)
Paint or coat as you wish, you can also paint the aluminum cap, make it yours.
U.S. Off Road will be returning for our 4th Lone Star Toyota Jamboree April 30th-May 3rd. We will be hosting our 2nd Stocker Poker Run where the winner receives a choice of FJ or Tacoma Winch Mount Bumper!
This is scheduled for Friday, May 1st at 1PM. We are going to limit this to 15 FJ’s or 2005-2015 Tacos. Looking forward to another fun Poker Run this year!
We are now a dealer for Lock N Roll off road hitches. We have used their hitches on our FJ and M101A2 for the last year and absolutely love it!
The articulating Lock ‘N’ Roll® trailer hitch is the safest, easiest to use, most versatile on road, off road hitch on the market. Utilizing 360 degrees of rotation and 3 axis of movement, this on-road, off-road hitch gives you the freedom that you can’t get with a ball hitch, but without the jerking and banging of a pintle hitch. Lock N Roll hitches are not only the best off road hitch in the world, but the best trailer hitch, period.
If you are taking your trailer off road then forget the pintle or ball hitch, go with a Lock N Roll!
We are now a stocking dealer for Factor55 and their killer line of recovery gear including their ProLink, FlatLink and HitchLink products.
If you have never heard of Factor55 then you are really missing out on one of the premier off road parts manufacturers and their line of products.
Located in Boise, Idaho we are an engineering design firm specializing in mechanical design and analysis. Our staff has extensive experience in the Aerospace, Defense, and semiconductor industry but we have always been passionate about off roading through out our careers. All of our products are designed in house using the latest 3D CAD software and optimized using Cosmos FEA ( Finite Element Analysis). Before we release any products to the public, we also perform a destructive test on each design with the assistance of a test facility equipped with test measurement and data recording equipment. We take great pride in knowing all of our products are derived from sound engineering disciplines.Why go through all of this for the off road market? Simple, we want to make sure we are producing the highest quality, best value products for our customers.
U.S. Off Road has moved! Not far, about 30 miles southwest to Granbury, Texas is all. We are busy setting up a little bit of showroom space and getting settled but if you are local or passing through be sure to stop by and say hello. You can find us on our contact page.
Don’t want to add an aftermarket bumper to your Tacoma just so you can mount a winch? You are not alone. Aftermarket bumpers are 100-150 lbs, degrade aerodynamics and are expensive. Keep your stock bumper, factory looks and your MPG with the installation of this winch mount bumper within and behind the stock bumper cover.
Designed and built in Fort Worth, Texas!
Lighter than most aftermarket bumpers at 63 lbs.
Built to last. .250″ steel winch tub with a .125″ facia for a total of .375″ of protection up front!
Full height front and rear winch cradle.
Light tabs will enable the mounting of most 4″ wide LED lights or our 2″ Sirius lights.
Reinforced lower facia with 4 x .130″ gussets, adds bashplate protection up front.
4″ drain holes facilitate access to winch mounting bolts
Will accept most winches with industry standard 10″ x 4.5″ bolt pattern.
Works with either roller fairleads or synthetic style hawse.
Will not work with a body lift.
Shackle mounts are mounted through and through, TIG welded front and rear and are drilled .906″ ID for .890″ OD or smaller pins which is common for a 3/4″ shackle. Pins sizes can vary.
U.S. Off Road is excited to be a Vendor at IH8Mud.com. IH8Mud is one of the premier Land Cruiser related sites on the Internet is a great source of information for FJ’s of all types and years and we are elated to be a part of this group of great FJ owners and enthusiasts.
Texas FJ owners you have a place to call home on the Internet! Visit Texas FJ Forums and start spreading the word! U.S. Off Road owns and operates this forum but is also open to any and all vendors to apply for a FREE forum there. Even if you are a competitor.
We have a full array of forums for general discussion, technical, regional and of course classifieds so drop on by and say hello!
After two very successful years of sales around the world I am proud to announce the latest evolution of our FJ Winch Mount Bumper. While we have had zero known issues and nothing but praise for this product I am always looking to make improvements where we can. To that extent I was looking to cut down on welds and deburring time, maintain or improve strength and accuracy and maybe even shed a few pounds.
All bumpers are now CNC laser cut for improved accuracy and finish. This also permitted us to alter the design a bit and reduce the amount of welds.
Weight has been reduced from a respectable 57lbs to 52.5lbs!
Fewer welds means a stronger bumper (not that the previous version wasn’t tough enough!)
We also added an A/C line notch to the back to help with clearance, which it does beautifully.
Torque arms were realigned and are made as one piece with the winch tub end caps. Stronger, less welding and weight reduction.
All bumpers are now fully TIG welded which gives a much nicer finish and less cleanup over flux core welding.
Winch mounting holes were moved rearwards 1/2″ for better clearance up front for some winches.
Bumper cover support tabs were added to provide better adjustability, fit and finish.
All of this with no increase in pricing! Retail is still $499.
Here’s an example of how much this setup will weigh:
Winch mount bumper: 52.50 lbs Viper Elite winch with no rope: 51.40 lbs 85′ x 3/8″ AmSteel rope: 3.6 lbs Aluminum hawse: 1.5 lbs Coating and fasteners: 1 lb Total weight: 110 lbs
With the recent addition of more drain holes and light tabs designed to work with 2″ LED lights I feel this bumper has evolved in to a very nice solution.
I have also been working with UPS to negotiate reduced shipping costs and take advantage of the lighter weight. Every penny counts.
I appreciate everyone’s business over the past two years and look forward to many more years of providing these types of products to the FJ owners.
We have some new products in the works for FJ owners so be sure to visit us at www.usoffroad.us for updates.